Rolling Dam on the Blackstone River
|Motto: "Do well and doubt not."|
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• Town Administrator||Daniel M. Keyes|
| • Board of
|Russell L. Wells, Sr., Chairman
Ryan Steffin Chamberland, Vice-Chairman
Michael Catalano, Jr., Clerk
|• Total||11.2 sq mi (29.1 km2)|
|• Land||10.9 sq mi (28.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||186 ft (57 m)|
|• Density||810/sq mi (310/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||508 / 774|
|GNIS feature ID||0619477|
This region was originally inhabited by the Nipmuc. Blackstone was first settled in 1662 and was officially incorporated in 1845. Initially, the town was part of Mendon, Massachusetts, before becoming a separate municipality. Prior to 1915, Blackstone contained the area to the west that would break away and become Millville, Massachusetts. Blackstone is within the area of the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29 km2), of which 10.9 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 2.94%, is water. The Blackstone River, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, meanders west to southeast, on the south border of town.
The town is bordered by North Smithfield, Rhode Island and Woonsocket, Rhode Island to the south; Millville, Massachusetts to the west; Mendon, Massachusetts to the north, and Bellingham, Massachusetts (Norfolk County) to the east.
Named places in the town include:
- Blackstone Village
- Central Village
- East Blackstone
- Farnum's Gate
- Five Corners
- High Rocks
- New City
- Rural District
- Woonsocket Junction (New York and New England Railroad junction)
An East Blackstone railroad station was formerly located in Bellingham.
|* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,804 people, 3,235 households, and 2,355 families residing in the town. The population density was 807.4 people per square mile (311.9/km²). There were 3,331 housing units at an average density of 305.5 per square mile (118.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.39% White, 0.33% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.
There were 3,235 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $55,163, and the median income for a family was $61,633. Males had a median income of $42,100 versus $27,448 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,936. About 1.8% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
Blackstone is home to the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School. Their mascot is the Charger horse. School choice is available, upon approval, for any student living within the state of Massachusetts. 54% of students have attended a 4 year college while another 26% have attended a junior college or higher education. 60% of the high schools juniors take the SATs and score averages are 505 verbal and 496 in math. In 2003 a new middle school was built in Blackstone and was named Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School.
Blackstone-Millville High School is also known for their marching band. The band has traveled all around North America. Some of the parades they have gone to are: The National Cherry Blossom Festival where they won 1st place, the Rose Bowl Parade, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Led by Nadiene Jacques, they won 1st place in 2000 and 2001 at USSBA nationals in division 4A. The band is known for excelling at music. The Blackstone-Millville Winter Percussion has most recently won, on April 7, 2013 1st place in scholastic AA division at the NESBA winter percussion finals.
Adjacent city and towns
- Woonsocket, Rhode Island
- Millville, Massachusetts
- North Smithfield, Rhode Island
- Mendon, Massachusetts
- Bellingham, Massachusetts
|County-level state agency heads|
|Clerk of Courts:||Dennis P. McManus (D)|
|District Attorney:||Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)|
|Register of Deeds:||Anthony J. Vigliotti (D)|
|Register of Probate:||Stephen Abraham (D)|
|County Sheriff:||Lew Evangelidis (R)|
|State Representative(s):||Ryan Fattman (R)|
|State Senator(s):||Richard T. Moore (D)|
|Governor's Councilor(s):||Jen Caissie (R)|
|U.S. Representative(s):||James P. McGovern (D-2nd District),|
|U.S. Senators:||Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)|
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